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Ed. Dept. Takes Action Against Hawaii for Race to Top Stumbles

You've heard of "high risk" students. Now we have "high risk" RTTT grantees. What did Hawaii promise in return for $75 million? Same old. Same old: Tie teacher evaluation to student test scores, bow before the Common Core, align high school graduation requirements and assessments with college-readiness requirements, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Same thing everybody else promised:What Bill Gates wants.

A July 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser account blames the delay in implementing these "reforms" on the teachers' union.

By Michele McNeil

Hawaii is in danger of losing its $75 million Race to the Top grant after the U.S. Department of Education notified state officials yesterday that the state has not made "adequate progress" in fulfilling the promises it made as part of last year's $4 billion competition.

In a Dec. 21 letter to state officials, the department said it was placing the state on "high-risk status," limiting access to its remaining grant money, rejecting several requests for significant changes and delays in its Race to the Top plan, and planning an extensive on-site review in early 2012. And, in a more overarching statement that puts the fate of Hawaii's $75 million grant in question, the department said it is "concerned" that Hawaii can't fulfill the commitments it made to win the grant. . . .

If the department pulls a prestigious grant from Inouye's home state, will he continue to fight for Race to the Top's fiscal future? It's an open question. . . .

Ed Week complains when I post full articles. Click on url below to read the rest.

— Michele McNeil
Education Week


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